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By Susan Hoffman
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For many job hunters, networking is a proven method of finding a new job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, up to 80% of jobs are not advertised, so creating a strong, supportive network of people improves your chances of finding employment.

However, good networking relies on more than handing out your business cards to everyone you meet at networking events, trade shows, or social occasions. Some preparation and social skills are vital. Here are 8 tips to improve your networking skills: